Psychiatrists in Pima County, AZ

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Photo of Cristie Sanborn @ Entune Behavioral Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Pima County, AZ
Cristie Sanborn @ Entune Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85715
I value individualized treatment plans tailored to meet your mental health needs and goals by working alongside you on your mental health journey. If you are unsure or not comfortable with the thought of pharmacological interventions to address your needs, I advocate for non-pharmacological interventions that play a vital role in the success of your mental health. These interventions may include sleep hygiene, nutrition, referral to therapy services, and/or addressing overall physical health.
I value individualized treatment plans tailored to meet your mental health needs and goals by working alongside you on your mental health journey. If you are unsure or not comfortable with the thought of pharmacological interventions to address your needs, I advocate for non-pharmacological interventions that play a vital role in the success of your mental health. These interventions may include sleep hygiene, nutrition, referral to therapy services, and/or addressing overall physical health.
(520) 987-8010 View (520) 987-8010
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Melanie Romo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85712  (Online Only)
Have you've tried medications & still aren't feeling better? As an Integrative Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I specialize in combining Western Medicine with Complementary modalities including: nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, aromatherapy, supportive therapy & more! Are you feeling helpless about the future, always tired, unmotivated, easily irritable and struggling to get by each day? It does not have to be this way. I can help you as I do others across Arizona struggling with depression, anxiety and bipolar get back to enjoying life. Click on Website to learn more.
Have you've tried medications & still aren't feeling better? As an Integrative Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I specialize in combining Western Medicine with Complementary modalities including: nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, aromatherapy, supportive therapy & more! Are you feeling helpless about the future, always tired, unmotivated, easily irritable and struggling to get by each day? It does not have to be this way. I can help you as I do others across Arizona struggling with depression, anxiety and bipolar get back to enjoying life. Click on Website to learn more.
(520) 389-5897 View (520) 389-5897
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Esteem Behavioral Healthcare.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85704  (Online Only)
Abdul Baba PMHNP is an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner offering holistic psychiatric services and medication management. I have over 25 years of experience in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric/mental health care as an RN and Psych NP.
Abdul Baba PMHNP is an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner offering holistic psychiatric services and medication management. I have over 25 years of experience in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric/mental health care as an RN and Psych NP.
(520) 263-1574 View (520) 263-1574
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Lisa Eisenbraun-Long
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85705
I've recently joined the team with Tucson Counseling Associates which specializes in working with the lgbtqia+ population, psychedelic integration, and ketamine assisted psychotherapy. I have an interest in working with many diverse populations, especially lgbtqia+, military veterans, children and older adults.
I've recently joined the team with Tucson Counseling Associates which specializes in working with the lgbtqia+ population, psychedelic integration, and ketamine assisted psychotherapy. I have an interest in working with many diverse populations, especially lgbtqia+, military veterans, children and older adults.
(928) 487-4638 View (928) 487-4638
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Sutapa Dube
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85712
Dr. Dube is a quadruple board-certified psychiatrist based in Arizona. She trained in Adult, Child & Adolescent, and Forensic psychiatry at the University of Arizona. She completed further fellowships in Integrative Medicine with the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, and in Integrative Psychiatry at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute. Dr. Dube has experience in community mental health, hospital, residential, and private outpatient settings with both children and adults.
Dr. Dube is a quadruple board-certified psychiatrist based in Arizona. She trained in Adult, Child & Adolescent, and Forensic psychiatry at the University of Arizona. She completed further fellowships in Integrative Medicine with the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, and in Integrative Psychiatry at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute. Dr. Dube has experience in community mental health, hospital, residential, and private outpatient settings with both children and adults.
(520) 341-2053 View (520) 341-2053
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Collins Iyamah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85712  (Online Only)
I studied both nursing and advanced practice nursing at University of Texas at Arlington and Walden University Minnesota and also completed his fellowship with Medical City Behavioral unit at McKinney Texas and several mental health outpatient clinics in Dallas/Fort Worth. My clinical practice focuses on consultation, treatment selection and administration, and care coordination for patients struggling with a wide range of psychiatric illness.
I studied both nursing and advanced practice nursing at University of Texas at Arlington and Walden University Minnesota and also completed his fellowship with Medical City Behavioral unit at McKinney Texas and several mental health outpatient clinics in Dallas/Fort Worth. My clinical practice focuses on consultation, treatment selection and administration, and care coordination for patients struggling with a wide range of psychiatric illness.
(520) 492-0034 x1 View (520) 492-0034 x1
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David R Goen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHMP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85715
Are you looking for someone to help with medication management for depression, anxiety, ADHD, or other mental health struggles ? Perhaps you’ve tried self-help books, researching online, or even therapy, only to discover that nothing works, at least for very long. I’ll assess where you’re at with symptoms and prescribe or adjust medications if appropriate, while monitoring your overall treatment. When needed I provide therapy referrals as well. I know it can be scary to reach out to a medical professional. Feeling uncertain is normal, and I’m here to help you overcome that step so you can take more control of your own mental health.
Are you looking for someone to help with medication management for depression, anxiety, ADHD, or other mental health struggles ? Perhaps you’ve tried self-help books, researching online, or even therapy, only to discover that nothing works, at least for very long. I’ll assess where you’re at with symptoms and prescribe or adjust medications if appropriate, while monitoring your overall treatment. When needed I provide therapy referrals as well. I know it can be scary to reach out to a medical professional. Feeling uncertain is normal, and I’m here to help you overcome that step so you can take more control of your own mental health.
(520) 502-7034 View (520) 502-7034
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Ike Uzowulu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85704  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have a master's degree in psychiatric nursing specializing in mental and behavioral health medicine. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, stress and sleep related disorders.
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have a master's degree in psychiatric nursing specializing in mental and behavioral health medicine. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, stress and sleep related disorders.
(520) 210-0290 View (520) 210-0290
Photo of Dr. Chanon C. Biceglia, DNP of Medica Today LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Pima County, AZ
Dr. Chanon C. Biceglia, DNP of Medica Today LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, NP-C
Verified Verified
Oro Valley, AZ 85704
With a strong passion for helping others succeed & work through obstacles in their life, I serve as both a psychiatric and medical provider, with a comprehensive education & experience of 25+ years. Holding a doctorate and double board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & medical APRN, I hold full prescriptive authority to serve the needs of clients in Arizona & Connecticut. My background & experience includes trauma & crisis, primary care, inpatient hospital, out-patient, family/couples, school based intervention, ADD/ADHD, & ASD health and wellness.
With a strong passion for helping others succeed & work through obstacles in their life, I serve as both a psychiatric and medical provider, with a comprehensive education & experience of 25+ years. Holding a doctorate and double board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & medical APRN, I hold full prescriptive authority to serve the needs of clients in Arizona & Connecticut. My background & experience includes trauma & crisis, primary care, inpatient hospital, out-patient, family/couples, school based intervention, ADD/ADHD, & ASD health and wellness.
(520) 201-2456 View (520) 201-2456
Photo of Yue Zong, Psychiatrist in Pima County, AZ
Yue Zong
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85712
Accepting new patients age 6 and older. Dr. Yue Zong is a board certified adult, pediatric, and integrative psychiatrist. She is a Tucson native and lifelong Wildcat. Dr. Zong completed her undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Arizona. Along with psychiatry residency and child and adolescent fellowship, Dr. Zong gained additional training at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Zong's expertise allows her to fuse alternative, complementary, and nonpharmacologic options with evidence-based treatment. You will be in careful and capable hands when working with Dr. Zong.
Accepting new patients age 6 and older. Dr. Yue Zong is a board certified adult, pediatric, and integrative psychiatrist. She is a Tucson native and lifelong Wildcat. Dr. Zong completed her undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Arizona. Along with psychiatry residency and child and adolescent fellowship, Dr. Zong gained additional training at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Zong's expertise allows her to fuse alternative, complementary, and nonpharmacologic options with evidence-based treatment. You will be in careful and capable hands when working with Dr. Zong.
(520) 422-7969 View (520) 422-7969
Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Pima County, AZ
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85711
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
(520) 436-3531 View (520) 436-3531
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Medpsychplus LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85701  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Welcome! Dr. John Sparks DNP, PMHNP-BC earned is degree at the University of Arizona. He has spent the last five years working in community care seeing patients of all ages and working to help patients to manage Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Depression, Personality Disorders, Trauma, Tic Disorders, and adjustment disorders.
Welcome! Dr. John Sparks DNP, PMHNP-BC earned is degree at the University of Arizona. He has spent the last five years working in community care seeing patients of all ages and working to help patients to manage Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Depression, Personality Disorders, Trauma, Tic Disorders, and adjustment disorders.
(928) 597-5724 View (928) 597-5724
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David Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85701
My ideal clients are adults dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD and/or bipolar disorder. They seek a compassionate professional to understand and manage their conditions. Their goals are to improve mental well-being, gain symptom control, and achieve a balanced life. They desire change, understanding, and strategies to enhance personal and professional relationships, driven by a need for empowerment and improved quality of life.
My ideal clients are adults dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD and/or bipolar disorder. They seek a compassionate professional to understand and manage their conditions. Their goals are to improve mental well-being, gain symptom control, and achieve a balanced life. They desire change, understanding, and strategies to enhance personal and professional relationships, driven by a need for empowerment and improved quality of life.
(520) 341-8299 View (520) 341-8299
Photo of Summer Williams, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Pima County, AZ
Summer Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, WHNP
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85715  (Online Only)
True Holistic Psychiatric care... rooted in the connection of mind-body-spirit. Are you recognizing that you are not living fully but don’t know how to put the puzzle pieces together? I honor and acknowledge the whole person, all of the complicated and beautiful aspects of you. Providing you the care you deserve requires a multidimensional approach. As we work together and examine the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual elements in your life I will help you optimize wellbeing through mind/body practices, vitamins/supplements, reconnecting with nature and psychotherapy, to name just a few.
True Holistic Psychiatric care... rooted in the connection of mind-body-spirit. Are you recognizing that you are not living fully but don’t know how to put the puzzle pieces together? I honor and acknowledge the whole person, all of the complicated and beautiful aspects of you. Providing you the care you deserve requires a multidimensional approach. As we work together and examine the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual elements in your life I will help you optimize wellbeing through mind/body practices, vitamins/supplements, reconnecting with nature and psychotherapy, to name just a few.
(520) 314-9433 View (520) 314-9433
Photo of Karen Van Wie, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Pima County, AZ
Karen Van Wie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85719
I have provided services for children and adults since 1977. As an RN I worked neonatal intensive care units and traveled throughout southern Arizona establishing early intervention services for children birth to 5 years age. Observing the lack of mental health care for children and families I completed the Family Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse Partitioner program in 2005. I continued to deliver services throughout Arizona and abroad in Germany providing care for active duty military men and women, veterans, and military dependents stationed throughout Europe.
I have provided services for children and adults since 1977. As an RN I worked neonatal intensive care units and traveled throughout southern Arizona establishing early intervention services for children birth to 5 years age. Observing the lack of mental health care for children and families I completed the Family Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse Partitioner program in 2005. I continued to deliver services throughout Arizona and abroad in Germany providing care for active duty military men and women, veterans, and military dependents stationed throughout Europe.
(520) 214-5603 View (520) 214-5603
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Dr. Rose Sivilli | Wildflower Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85710
I prioritize approaching each person with humanity and respect, creating a space where they are encouraged to be their authentic self. My goal is to provide you with thorough, personalized, collaborative, evidence-based psychiatric care that helps you thrive in your life. This typically begins with a comprehensive evaluation, medical workup, narrowing of diagnoses and discussion of treatment goals that might be best suited to you. I believe in taking a whole-person approach, looking at ways to optimize your lifestyle through nutrition, exercise and mindfulness.
I prioritize approaching each person with humanity and respect, creating a space where they are encouraged to be their authentic self. My goal is to provide you with thorough, personalized, collaborative, evidence-based psychiatric care that helps you thrive in your life. This typically begins with a comprehensive evaluation, medical workup, narrowing of diagnoses and discussion of treatment goals that might be best suited to you. I believe in taking a whole-person approach, looking at ways to optimize your lifestyle through nutrition, exercise and mindfulness.
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Ann Barbaro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85741  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients! I consider myself lucky to work in health care at a time when mental health diagnoses are becoming more accepted and better understood in our culture. I firmly believe that optimal health cannot be attained without giving adequate attention to mental health. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to advocate for patients and direct their care with understanding and compassion. My hope is that the care I provide will ease my patients’ struggles and empower them to live to the fullest degree.
Accepting New Patients! I consider myself lucky to work in health care at a time when mental health diagnoses are becoming more accepted and better understood in our culture. I firmly believe that optimal health cannot be attained without giving adequate attention to mental health. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to advocate for patients and direct their care with understanding and compassion. My hope is that the care I provide will ease my patients’ struggles and empower them to live to the fullest degree.
(520) 376-8661 View (520) 376-8661
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Dr. Sam Zand
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85718
Our team combines traditional medication management and psychotherapy with cutting edge alternative treatments such as TMS, psychedelics, regenerative medicine, spiritual healing, and more.
Our team combines traditional medication management and psychotherapy with cutting edge alternative treatments such as TMS, psychedelics, regenerative medicine, spiritual healing, and more.
(520) 346-7382 View (520) 346-7382
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Kayse Budd
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85701  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome to my profile! I am a holistic psychiatrist who's also an artist, yoga instructor, & astrologer. I spent 12 years working with Andrew Weil MD's Integrative Medicine Program at the Univ of Arizona & Deepak Chopra/Chopra Center in Southern CA. I love helping people find purpose, live healthy + balanced lifestyles, & reach their potential. Mild depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress, path-finding, & burnout are my specialties. Though conventionally trained at Duke University, Univ of Michigan Med School, & Univ of Arizona Psychiatry Residency, I practice in a unique & integrative way.
Hello and welcome to my profile! I am a holistic psychiatrist who's also an artist, yoga instructor, & astrologer. I spent 12 years working with Andrew Weil MD's Integrative Medicine Program at the Univ of Arizona & Deepak Chopra/Chopra Center in Southern CA. I love helping people find purpose, live healthy + balanced lifestyles, & reach their potential. Mild depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress, path-finding, & burnout are my specialties. Though conventionally trained at Duke University, Univ of Michigan Med School, & Univ of Arizona Psychiatry Residency, I practice in a unique & integrative way.
(520) 346-0586 View (520) 346-0586
Photo of Dr. Morgan Alexander, Psychiatrist in Pima County, AZ
Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85701  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Pima County, AZ

100+

Average cost per session

$245

Psychiatrists in Pima County, AZ who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
93% Depression
84% Bipolar Disorder
83% Medication Management
76% ADHD
73% Trauma and PTSD
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
88% Cigna and Evernorth
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Pima County, AZ see their clients

51% In Person and Online
49% Online Only

Gender breakdown

68% Female
31% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Pima County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.